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UFC 119 “Prelims” on its Peak with over 1.36 Viewers

Written on September 29, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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The success of UFC "Prelims" became unrelenting since they started airing teasers. And unlike many others, last weekend's UFC 119 Prelims made an exception. Peaking at 8th spot on Spike TV's 10 Best Watched UFC Prelims.

The ratings for last weekend’s UFC 119 “UFC Prelims” special were slightly up and on its peak with 1.36 million viewers. The Sept. 25 broadcast earned a 0.9 household rating and averaged 1.3 million viewers on Spike TV.

The fights were done by C.B. Dollaway’s submission victory over middleweight Joe Doerksen and heavyweight Matt Mitrione’s decision victory with Joey Beltran.

Spike TV’s “UFC Prelims” broadcast, which was tagged along with August’s UFC 118 in Boston, scored a low 1.1 million viewers only. Out of the 11 “UFC Prelims” that were aired since their debut in September 2009, UFC 119’s tied for sixth best viewed.

The UFC offered first a PPV teaser broadcast for UFC 103, when the UFC went big with a boxing PPV simulcast featuring Floyd Mayweather vs. Juan Manuel Marquez. The specials were proven and tested to be that effective at generating last-minute PPV sale. This made the officials from the UFC and the organization’s cable partner for a long time to make it a regular offering.

The full list of “UFC Prelims” broadcasts and ratings includes:

1. UFC 109 (February 2010): 1.7 million viewers
2. UFC 114 (May 2010): 1.6 million viewers
3. UFC 108 (January 2010): 1.5 million viewers
4. UFC 104 (October 2009): 1.4 million viewers
5. UFC 103 (September 2009): 1.4 million viewers
6. UFC 119 (September 2010): 1.3 million viewers
7. UFC 116 (July 2010): 1.3 million viewers
8. UFC 115 (June 2010): 1.3 million viewers
9. UFC 106 (November 2009): 1.3 million viewers
10. UFC 111 (March 2010): 1.2 million viewers
11. UFC 118 (August 2010): 1.1 million viewers

UFC 119’s “UFC Prelims” broadcast was the eighth out of ten for 2010.

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Ryan Bader is a Tough Guy

Written on September 28, 2010 by Zac Efren

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"...fight no matter what." -Ryan Bader

Ryan Bader faced the media and talks about his triumph over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. Bader can’t help but express the great feeling after winning the fight and tells how he managed to get through the game. As for his future, he said that even though he feels he is close to his goals, he wanted to take his time but he is ready to fight the toughest nails in UFC.

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IGC Suspends UFC 119 Fighters

Written on September 28, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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After some boo-hoo's from the fans, the Indiana Gaming Commission dished out medical suspension to several UFC 119 contenders. Ten fighters will be in the shelf for at least 30 days.

The Indiana Gaming Commission handed out indefinite suspension for Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic and Matt Serra after being defeated at UFC 119 last Saturday. Frank Mir gave Cro Cop a knee in the third round of their heavyweight tilt, while Serra absorbed heavy blows and a unanimous decision loss against Chris Lytle. According to IGC Division Director, Andrew Means, both fighters must spend at least 180 days in repose and should pass a CT scan before getting inside the Octagon again. IGC served ten fighters with medical suspension, including Mark Hunt that should pass a X-ray exam on his left elbow after buckling up from a McCorkle armbar.

UFC 119 Suspensions

• Mirko Filipovic: Suspended a minimum of 180 days; must clear a CT scan
• Matt Serra: Suspended a minimum of 180 days; must clear a CT scan
• Evan Dunham: Suspended 45 days, with no contract for 45 days
• Sean Sherk: Suspended 30 days, with no contract for 21 days
• Antonio Rogerio Nogueira: Suspended 30 days, with no contract for 30 days
• Mark Hunt: Suspended a minimum of 30 days; must be cleared by X-ray
• Joey Beltran: Suspended 30 days, with no contract for 30 days (laceration)
• Matt Mitrione: Suspended 30 days, with no contract for 12 days
• Steve Lopez: Suspended 30 days, with no contract for 30 days (laceration)
• Sean McCorkle: Suspended 30 days, with no contract for 21 days

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The Success of UFC 119: Indianapolis

Written on September 27, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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Since its debut, UFC comes back with successful public reviews. The UFC 119 Indianapolis was no exception. With ticket sales more than expected, UFC officials should throw a victory party.

This weekend’s UFC 119 event drew a whooping 15,811 attendees for the live gate of $1,613,337, UFC officials announced prior to the conclusion of the pay-per-view event. The fight, which took place last Saturday, was hosted by Indianapolis’ Conseco Fieldhouse and marked the UFC’s debut in the state of Indiana.

The number of complimentary tickets issued was not released though. But according to UFC this is more than what they thought they’ll get.

Tickets range from $40 for upper-level access to $300 for cageside seats. If the figures are true, the UFC generated $102.04 per ticket. And that is a lot.

UFC 119 was aired on Spike TV (two preliminary-card fights) and pay-per-view (main card) that headlines former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir and former PRIDE grand prix champion Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic. Plus, a co-headliner fight between undefeated light heavyweight prospect Ryan Bader and longtime veteran Antonio Rogerio Nogueira made the co-feature of the event.

Indianapolis-based fighters Chris Lytle, Matt Mitrione and Sean McCorkle were also seen among the evening’s televised fights.

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UFC 119: Mir Victorious Over Cro Cop

Written on September 27, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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The fight was not what we expected it to be. First, Cro Cop and Mir were just clinching each other on the cage for three whole rounds. Second, we thought that Cro Cop is hard to knock out. Third, it was a boring 14-minute sparring rather than a fight.

Frank Mir’s brutal knee ended up the fight of Mirko Cro Cop last Saturday on UFC 119. Making it a KO win for Frank Mir ending up a 14 minute action for the headliners.

Cro Cop eventually wasn’t hurt much and got up quickly after the KO. But afterward he went up to Mir and asked what happened. Irony is that, before the bout there are speculations that Mir had to do extreme grappling in order to KO a striker like Cro Cop. Mir turned out to win without so much action.

“I just pulled a victory over Mirko with no jiu jitsu,” Mir said.

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The Muscle Shark Gets a ‘Boo’ from Fans

Written on September 27, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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Sean Sherk was hit hard by Dunham and vice versa on the UFC 119. Still, it seems that the fans were not happy that the Muscle Shark took home the bacon. And Sherk was left confused.

Following his split decision victory over Evan Dunham at UFC 119, Sean Sherk was dumbfounded by some ‘boo-hoo’ that he got from the UFC audience.

“I knew the fight was close. I think I had the first round pretty decisive. The second round was close. And the third round, I would give that to Dunham. So it depends on what the judges are watching. Anytime you go to a judges decision you’re at their mercy…. We were throwing down out there — he was hitting me hard, I was hitting him hard, he was bleeding all over the place. It had to be exciting. If I was a fan I would have had a good time, so I don’t know why [the fans] are booing me. We went out there and threw down. We left our hearts out there. There was nothing left inside that Octagon.”

“The Muscle Shark” pointed out that he took the first round and split the second at the very least. Then, the undefeated Evan Dunham started to punish him at the end of the second round-up to the final. Sherk, albeit never attempted a submission, surpassed several tight attempts from the Xtreme Couture product.

Could it be possible that the blood shed from above Dunham’s right eye moved at least one jury, or did Sherk do well enough to deserve an outright victory?

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Ryan Bader, on his Way for a Title Shot?

Written on September 27, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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After winning over Nogueira, Ryan Bader's focal point is right here and now. Being young in sports makes him take things slowly but surely, and begets him to believe that anything can happen.

After defeating Antonio Rogerio Nogueira last September 25 at UFC 119, Ryan “Darth” Bader is inches away to a 205-pound title shot. And albeit the TUF 8 king is feasible to lock horns with Jon “Bones” Jones, it seems that Darth is not ready to rush into anything.

“I’m getting there, I’m young in the sport and I’m in no rush. 205, there’s a bunch of tough guys and the title’s gonna keep rotating. Anything can happen, we’re powerful, quick guys and I see [the title] changing hands a few times. I’m not really rushing into anything, just taking it one fight at a time. You can’t start looking towards a title shot, you gotta look at here and now. I got through Nogueira, that’s what I was focusing on the whole time. Who knows who’s next and we’ll figure it out from there.”

But with Bones as a fellow surging prospect; this match-up seems to make sense, isn’t it?

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Dana White: UFC will Officially Broadcast in en Latinoamérica

Written on September 26, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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Ultimate Fighting Champion continues to expand world wide. Today, UFC President Dana White announced that they will also air on Fox Sports en Latinoamérica.

UFC’s global invasion continues to expand. Justo today, the company announced a new deal to expand the company’s appearance in Latin America.

Beginning this weekend’s UFC 119’s event, FOX Sports en Latinoamérica will air UFC programming that includes live fight cards. Plus the pre-recorded programming.

“South America is a huge market for the UFC,” UFC president Dana White stated in today’s release. “We look forward to working with FOX Sports Latin America to bring UFC events to fight fans all across the region.”

FOX Sports en Latinoamérica is a Spanish cable channel that broadcasts sports programming 24 hours a day. The network is frequently seen in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.

In addition to this, FOX Sports en Latinoamérica will also feature the highlight of the show, “UFC Guerreros” plus a Spanish-language version of the “UFC Countdown” program that will preview each of the fight’s major events.

FOX Sports en Latinoamérica, based in Argentina, is one of the most top billed widely distributed Spanish-language pay television sports network in the world. Terms of the deal with the UFC were not yet released.

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Countdown to UFC 119: Tonight on Spike TV

Written on September 21, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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UFC fans, set your alarms. The countdown and preview for UFC 119 air tonight on Spike TV and we are sure you don't want to miss a thing.

Be reminded that the UFC’s tradition of pre-event preview returns tonight for the “Countdown to UFC 119: Mir vs. Cro Cop.” This will start at 10:47 PM ET/PT on Spike TV and gives the spotlight to the UFC 119 headliners Frank Mir and Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic. For those who can’t catch up tonight, there is a replay on Wednesday 11PM ET/PT and Saturday 1AM and 1PM ET/PT on Spike TV.

It will also focus on co-headliners Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Ryan Bander. Although UFC’s 205-pound division is filled with contenders, UFC’s Dana White said that the Nogueira vs Bader could have title implications.

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Sean Sherk, Still Among the Elite Even at 37

Written on September 20, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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Sean Sherk will prove that he is not and underdog to Dunham. And he will definitely prove that he is still part of the elite fighters on the upcoming UFC 119.

Former UFC light heavyweight champion, Sean “The Musical Shark” Sherk, owns an impressive mixed martial arts resume. The 37-year-old fighter has only four losses and has 21 finishes among his 32 wins. But despite all that, he was plagued with injuries for the better part of the year. Nevertheless, he will prove that he still belongs to the elite 155-pound fighters as he takes the unbeaten Evan Dunham in the upcoming UFC 119, on September 25, at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

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